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Aqabat Arch

White Desert, Egypt.

Camera : Sony A7iii, Nikon D850 modded

Lens : Sony 12-24, Zeiss Otus 28mm

Tripod : Really Right Stuff TVC 45

Head : Arca Swiss D4

Tracked Sky : 240secs F4 Iso 800

Light Painted Foreground : 30secs F2.8 Iso 400

Filters : IDAS HeUIB,  Kani night filter

The valley of Aqabat lies deep within the white desert. Millions of years ago, the place used to be under the sea. Shell after shell and one micro-organism onto another, the old seabed began to be enveloped in limestone and chalk. Slowly, the sea disappeared, the seabed begun to rise and all around, the green of life surfaced. The vegetation later gave way to an arid desert and over endless years the soft rock was sculpted by the sand drifting into large valleys, arches, spectacular rock formations and strange mountains. And yet, after another million years later, here I was in the Valley of Aqabat, and under one of its arches….. The image is a composite of focal lengths and a tracked sky. The arch was shot at 12mm and the sky was shot a short distance away at 28mm. The human element is at 24mm.

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